xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 Bitter, IPA, whatever it is it sucks. Smelled some grapefruit hops, and then that's all I tasted. Bitter finish, but this just tasted like water and hops to me.
This brewery SUCKS.
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly hazy and amber orange. Citrus notes and heavy bitterness are present and very welcoming. This brew is brewed at the Ram house with many other great beers. The taste is excellant and lively; very refreshing.
GuinnessHong (147) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color. Citrus, hoppy aroma. Minimal head. Flavors of citrus (grapefruit), and typical IPA hop bitterness. Clean & refreshing.
rolfc81 (134) - - APR 19, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap after Ikea in Schaumburg. Decent IPA but not my favorite......................
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
orange-amber pour, good frothy whtie head. very hoppy/citrus aroma. sort of sweet flavor, with a good hoppy bite to it. about an avg ipa.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear medium copper/orange in color (surprisingly not red) with a thin airy head (even with a generous pour) that quickly thins to a film. Aroma has nice fruity and hops nose (grapefruit). The flavor also tastes lightly of grapefruit (what hops is this?!?!) which lingers on the palate. Probably better served with a packet of sugar and a serrated spoon and you’ll be better off if you have read this and expect it rather than having it hit you by surprise. Overall, though, an enjoyable Big Horn offering.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red/amber color. Very hoppy, citrus, floral aroma. Almost harsh bitter finish. No malt.
davidoc (113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
They call it an IPA, they call it a bitter, but it doesn’t taste especially like either. It’s not bad, though.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Let me preface this review by saying that this was not a bad beer. It is better than most beers available at most restaurants. For me, however, it failed as an IPA.
The appearance and palate were average. Big Red was a cloudy yellow-orange, with a thin white head. That thin white head left behind average lacing. Nothing spectacular. The palate was similar. It was there. A little bit of tingle from the carbonation, but nothing to be excited about.
The nose was off. There was a promising floral aroma from the hops, followed by citrus. But then there was a faint sweet-and-sour sauce smell, accompanied by a hint of wet newsprint.
Fortunately, the flavor was better than the aroma. The main flavor was citrus, mostly orange, but also the sweetness of tangerine. I also detected a hint of canned peaches—the sugary syrup that fills the can—and the minutest hint of a wheat cracker. Every once in a while, I would get a flash of the sweet-and-sour sauce or the wet paper, but it was mild and less intense than that present in the aroma. Big Red was also less bitter than I expect in an IPA, especially one that bills itself as an American IPA. It just didn’t pack the punch for which I was ready. I was hoping for a knockout and got a glancing blow.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Re-rate, on tap Puyallup Ram. Hazy orange/amber hue, good head, decent lacing. Nice aroma, citrusy and resiny, almost skunky. Slight malt sweetness, flavor dominated by hops, good clean bitterness with a grapefruity hop flavor, finishes nice and dry with a pleasent lingering of hops. Tasty IPA, very drinkable, balanced and flavorful.